Ventnor City

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It might be difficult to believe that this quaint, coastal town is located just a few miles from Atlantic City. Although the sky-high casinos can be seen glimmering in the distance, Ventnor City harnesses all the charm of a quiet seaside retreat, with stretches of beaches, salt-worn cottages and turn of the century bed and breakfasts.

Book a room at a Victorian bed and breakfast by the sea, such as the intimate six-bedroom Come Wright Inn, located less than two blocks from Ventnor City beaches. During the summer, visitors can take a leisurely stroll in the inn’s garden, and in the winter months, guests can sit and relax by the fire in the parlor. Another charming option is The Carisbrooke Inn, featuring eclectic décor inspired by the Victorian era and European cottages, while its Carisbrooke Cottage is just across the street and closer to the boardwalk, offering a turn-of-the-century beach house experience with ocean views.

Enjoy sweeping views of the beaches and the vastness of the ocean with a walk along the 1.7-mile Ventnor City Boardwalk, or venture out onto the Ventnor City Fishing Pier, where you can watch — or join — anglers looking to reel in a saltwater catch. During summer months, catch an open-air movie or outdoor concert at Newport Avenue Beach.